Crazy for Crabs

To many, crab is just another entree. But to Marylanders, crab is a way of life. So what's the big deal about this crabby crustacean?

Crab Feasts

When school ends, crab season begins. Starting in late April or May and ending when it gets cold, crab season coincides perfectly with summer.

For many, crab symbolizes family togetherness. A crab feast is the perfect end to a long day spent on the shores of the Bay with loved ones. For some reason, family bonding is much easier when you're all armed with mallets.

Schools, churches and civic organizations hold crab feasts all summer long. To find a crab feast in your neighborhood, check out the events section of The Baltimore Sun.

The Crab Experience

Many tourists complain that eating crab is too messy, too time-consuming and too much work. But it's about much more than eating - it's the experience. Pick slowly and enjoy the conversation.

Pick up a copy of The Baltimore Sun before the meal. You'll learn about our mayor's latest sex scandal or the latest Druid Hill homicide, which will make for a great conversation starter. And if you're not a very social person, save yourself the trouble and just order a crab cake to-go.

Crabs are on the minds of Marylanders all year long. David DeBoy’s hit single “Crabs for Christmas” is played frequently on Baltimore-area radio stations during the holiday season.